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. . . and Cape Town

Any guesses what’s driving the tempest here? gCaptain posted a great story about a pizza delivery . . . and a bone for the the ship’s dog Alley.  What’s this then?  What resolve will Alley summon among its crew? The crowd awaits, as Smit Amandla stretches the line nearly to the breaking point for two […]

Meanwhile in Cape Town

In May 1962 John Kennedy had a party upon turning 45, and most people remember one person who attended.  But there were other entertainers who sang too like this native New Yorker (yes, he is.) and another singer, now largely unknown, whose name appears on that blue banner center below.   If you don’t remember […]

Cape Race Mystery Solved

I had something else planned for today, but thanks to Richard’s comment, I couldn’t contain myself if I don’t post this link:  here’s the story of Cape Race.  I love the sails on that collage;  maybe a kite could be added. Also this from Joel, who says he can “give  positive, first-hand confirmation that the […]

Retro Sixth Boro (and beyond) 35 a

It’s March 1, and that invites a look back to March 2011. Vinalines Queen  is where I need to start.  Less than two years after I took this photo, the 2005 bulk carrier was lost on a run between Morowali, Indonesia and China with a cargo of nickel ore, with the loss of all hands […]

Southern Ship 3

Ooops!  It’s later than I thought. When Cape Moss arrived in the sixth boro the other day, she was 16 days and 10 hours out of Cape Town. Kirby Moran assisted as she entered the Kills. Compared with the largest container vessels that come into port here these days, this 2011 ship is modest. It […]

Issuma’s Journey Around

You may recall the schooner Issuma?  Click here for many of the posts featuring her and her skipper Richard Hudson.  She’s overwintering in the sixth boro after a truly remarkable voyage.  When he left northward from the sixth boro in the fall of 2010, inviting me to sail along as a Halloween ride, he eventually […]

Meanwhile . . . 8000 Miles Away 5

Recognize the red schooner?  It’s shown here approaching the dock in Cape Town last week in a photo by Colin Syndercombe, whose previous photos you can see here.  Here are previous photos of the red boat on tugster, and here is the blog kept by the crew of the red boat, Issuma.  Since leaving the […]

Names 29

Here’s the index of previous “names.” I love surprises, but some pass almost unnoticed to most.  For example, did you know Ernest Hemingway visited the sixth boro a few weeks ago?  The Hemingway IMO 9295177.  Ditto Charles Dickens, earlier this spring.  Now I wish Thomas Pynchon would visit, given that he wrote about it . […]

Pilots 6

Know what’s different about the foto below?  Want to estimate the vintage of the vessel marked PILOT? Lots of things maybe, but before I answer that question from my POV here, let me recap.  This is my 2191 post in this blog, and usually I don’t count.  I just add fotos and text–usually with coffee […]

Old Trade Routes Retraced

These vessels recently left a trading post that was starting up around the same decade the sixth boro replaced the initials N. A. for N. Y. As of this writing, these three vessels are entering the Indian Ocean on a historic re-enactment. Earlier this month, Colin Syndercombe visited the three vessel at the docks in […]